Waldo is one of those guys in the office who can speak "machine." While the rest of us bang our heads on our keyboards when things go wrong, he swoops in and negotiates a cease fire and gets everything back to "normal" for us. He says that the best part of his job at TWR is, "to see the relief on people's faces when things get fixed for them!" My face has been one of those faces!
One of the coolest places TWR has sent Waldo has to be Cape Verde, an island off the coast of West Africa. As a qualified international trainer, he went to teach a group of volunteers how to produce radio programmes. While he was there he heard about a listener in one of the remotest parts of Cape Verde, who gets up every morning to listen to TWR because his life has been changed through the programmes. That's the kind of stuff which keeps our spiritual batteries charged at TWR – knowing someone so isolated is being reached right in his home!
Waldo is a classic South African guy. He loves rugby and meat! His favourite rugby team is the Sharks (from the KwaZulu-Natal province) and of course, the Springboks, South Africa's national team. Waldo is also plugged into his church and is constantly involved. When he's not reading big thick text books on networking (paper weights for us non-technical types), he likes to play computer games, or go fishing.
I asked Waldo what three ingredients are required to live a faithful Christian life. This is what he said...
- Perseverance – the Bible talks about a race that you run for God (Hebrews 12:1). You need to keep running that race even though it's not always easy. There's always going to be challenges and difficulties in life, but you have to persevere through them.
- Spending time with God on a daily basis.
- Obedience – Be obedient to what the Lord shares with you when you spend time with Him. You have to take what's in the Word as truth, and put it into practice!
A favourite passage of Waldo's is Isaiah 43:2 – "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you" (ESV). He says, "It's very close to my heart, and still is. It carried me through a difficult time in my life, and now, whenever I'm feeling down, I read that passage."
What keeps Waldo going? He says, "What I am doing is impacting listeners out there... I need to make sure the equipment works so that the Word can go out on the air." Waldo gets out of bed in the morning because his involvement at TWR contributes to people coming to the Lord! For Waldo, the reason he's at TWR is simple - "It's a calling. I could fix computers anywhere!" We're really glad that he's fixing computers here!
Waldo's advice to potential TWR candidates – "TWR shouldn't be looked at as a job. It's more than just a job. You need to be called by God. You need to feel that God has put you here for His purpose."
If you're reading this article, Waldo's prayer for you is that you would obey God's Word. Don't procrastinate. Fix it up with God today!
Name: Waldo Badenhorst.
Position: Assistant Systems Administrator since 2009 (Programme Compiler up until 2008).
Joined TWR: 1999
Studies: Bachelor of Technology (Information Technology) in progress.